Every now and then I plan to make a garment for Mark and seeing I had already made him two Strathcona Henely t-shirts and had purchased the Jutland Pants from Thread Theory, I thought a new pair of shorts was in order.
Mark does own a pair of red shorts so I didn’t feel that purchasing this burnt orange would be too much except my sewing buddies keep telling me it is my colour.
I then had some fun finding some manly cotton fabric for the pocket bags, waistband lining and bias binding.
My madness is based on the fact that Mark has a 30″ waist and last year I found it extremely difficult to find pants/trousers in this size and as he prefers not to wear a belt it looks like I could have a new job.
So I cut out a size 30″ and then couldn’t make up my mind if I was going to do patch pockets or welt pockets.
Welt pockets won, but it has been a long time since I have done these and I’m glad his RTW shorts have the bar tacks at the end of the pockets as this has helped cover my overcutting.
Even though I wasn’t completely happy with the welt pockets I decided to still make these as I wasn’t sure that the pattern 30″ waist would be equal to Mark’s real waist.
All seams are flat felled and I have used bias strips for around the edge of the fly.
Again my sewing machine didn’t like the buttonhole so I have again used the tutorial I used for my Jeans.
I found this button in my button jar and think it works perfectly for these shorts.
Mark found the waist to be very comfortable but did comment that these are a slim fit in the legs. So next time I will add a some extra width in the front leg and see how that goes.
|This is at the end of the day.|
Now the fabric for these shorts were counted in the 2015 totals, but I attended the Sydney Spoolettes Fabric Destash event last Sunday and donated the green/black mesh knit that you can see at the top left hand of the picture below. This was purchased during our trip to the USA back in 2011 and now I can only see the black in it so I am very happy it has found a new home.
2016 Stash Out: 2.9 m
2016 Stash In: 15 m
6 thoughts on “Shorts for the man”
What a great make – they look very smart. I haven't yet made things like this for my husband, one day…and the destashing is a good idea. It's funny how some fabrics just turn out wrong after the purchase – I am sure we are led away by ideas when shopping that are not quite so nice when the fabric is clearly seen in the light of another day :). Sorry I missed this post, my computer died and I am only just back on the air.
Great shorts. I like making mens clothing but will probably stick to shirts!
These are terrific shorts. I love the colour and the manly pocket bag print. My poor neglected husband (also waist 30, so the same purchasing problems) has left a pair of his favourite hiking shorts on my sewing table. Unfortunately I have no desire whatsoever to replicate them for him – there must be 20 different pieces in them, and they are made from a technical sportswear fabric which I have no idea how to source (its not in any of the usual culprits online). Perhaps I could convince him to settle fo a very smart pair like your husband's new shorts instead :). Thanks for the pattern review, man short patterns are a bit scarce.
They look great. For his next pair, to add more room in the legs, how about putting a pleat in the fronts?
The short looks great on \”hubby\”, well done!What a great idea to swap materials etc.How do you join the Spoolettes and where are they meeting?
Great shorts but OMG those hairy legs! 😉